Sun, Skin & Safety
Summer is here and the sun is shining strong. So while you are enjoying your holidays the heat and daylight, you also have to protect your skin and body. The skin is the largest organ of the body and skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Overexposure to the sun increases your risk of skin cancer, but avoiding it is very much in your control.
Here are some tips on what to do when it’s hot!
1, Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside, use at least 30 SPF (preferably 50 for a total block) and reapply often.
2, Waterproof it — if you are swimming or exercising outdoors, use water-resistant or waterproof SPF, so you don’t have to reapply as often, it makes sense right.
3, who’s the fairest of them all — The fairer your skin, the higher the SPF you need. But this does not mean that you can forget the SPF if you have more melatonin, which is the pigment that makes the skin darker when we sunbathe. Everyone should use sunscreen no matter what your skin tone is.
4, Strong summer sun — There is more daylight during the summer and the sun is strongest between 12 and 4, so plan accordingly. If you like to go for walks, run outside or participate in other outdoor activities, try doing so in the morning before lunch or in the evening after 4 p.m.
5, Mirror, mirror — The sun has the ability to reflect off of water, sand, and even snow, so be aware of where you are when enjoying the outdoors, a lobster look is not attractive.
6, Don’t forget the kiddies — Children should use 50 SPF if they don’t their skin is going to suffer in 20 plus years due to this, not to mention any possible skin reactions that may happen before that. (Cancer) Babies less than 6 months old should not be out and exposed to the sun.
7, Hard to reach spots — Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your ears, nose, neck, lips, even your scalp and very hard to reach a spot that gets ignored.
8, Accessories can help — For extra protection wear a hat with a wide brim, long sleeves or pants to hide your skin from the sun. Also, try carrying an umbrella; my mum carries an umbrella rain or shine.
9, Don’t forget about your eyes — Your eyelids have very thin skin. Therefore, sunglasses become imperative. They don’t have to be expensive or fancy. The key is making sure they absorb UV rays 99 to 100 percent of the time.
10, Insects and SPF — Bug spray can weaken the SPF of your sunscreen. Therefore, if you are going to keep the mosquitoes away while playing in the sun, use a higher SPF.
11, Water, please — Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Better skin health and health, in general, is related to how well your body is hydrated.
12, what number SPF do you use? Do you have any special tricks to keep you safe in the sunshine? If it’s the old-fashioned Coconut oil to bronze you quicker, forget it! Disaster waiting to happen you will fry like an egg. Be smart about fun in the sun and enjoy summer to the fullest.